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Just say no

April 9, 2010 - Mike McLain

Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. said recently that Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant would be a good first-round choice for the Browns.

Bryant is clearly the top receiver in the draft, but he's considered an immature person that has gotten by on raw talent. Sounds a lot like the last receiver the Browns selected in the first round -- Braylon Edwards.

The Browns definitely need to add a receiver to a group that's a clear weakness. Mohamed Massaquoi, who had 34 receptions in his rookie season last year, isn't a game changer. Brian Robiskie, another rookie last season, was non-existent most the season.

Bryant would step in as a starter and be an instant upgrade. He also could be a headache that coach Eric Mangini doesn't need in what will be a pivotal season concerning his future with the organization.

Receivers are generally considered huge risks when selected high in the first round. Defensive players, running backs and offensive linemen tend to be safer choices.

The Browns are in a position of having multiple needs. They can follow the best-athlete-available philosophy and more than likely fill a need.

Safety Eric Berry would fill a need. Offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga would fill a need. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen would fill a need, although fans might revolt if another Notre Dame quarterback is the pick. Defensive end Derrick Morgan would fill a need, although he might be a stretch with the seventh pick overall.

The Browns should pick a receiver, using one of three third-round choices, and then hope that Massaquoi improves and Robiskie crawls off the mat. Receivers have a tendency to make big strides in their second seasons.

If Bryant is the choice, Kiper will look smart, but I'm not sure it's the smart move to make.







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